Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti
Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti
Khalid Bin Abdul Rehman Al-Hussainan
(خالد بن عبد الرحمن الحسينان)
|Died||December 6, 2012|
|Cause of death||Drone strike|
|Known for||Possible heir to Ayman al-Zawahiri|
Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti (born Khalid Bin Abdul Rehman Al-Hussainan; 1965/1966 – December 6, 2012[a]) was a high-ranking affiliate of Al-Qaeda, and was considered a potential successor to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of the Salafist jihad group. Abu-Zaid was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.
Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti was born in Kuwait in either 1965 or 1966. At one point, he was an imam in the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. He became affiliated with the Al-Qaeda jihadist group and a member of their Islamic study committee, eventually joining the top tier of leaders. His primary work in Al Qaeda was in developing the group’s ideology and training its members. Since the death of Abu Yahya al Libi earlier in 2012, Abu-Zaid was regarded as Al Qaeda's top religious scholar, appearing in many videos teaching Islam.
Abu Zaid was considered a potential heir to the organization, and accordingly became a high-value target for the United States and Pakistani government. He was killed in a drone attack while eating breakfast (Suhur)[b] near Mir Ali in Pakistan, and the Al-Qaeda organization acknowledged his death. He was 46 years old when he was killed. NBC News journalist and United States Department of Justice consultant Evan Kohlmann commented on his death in an interview with NBC. “That's a big gap in the leadership. He was the last senior Al-Qaida leader in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area who was, one, from the Arabian Peninsula and, two, who had serious clerical credentials. Now there is no obvious publicly recognizable candidate left to succeed Zawahiri.”
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